A wire circuit to it's breaker needs repaired

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Old 10-18-14, 09:19 AM
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A wire circuit to it's breaker needs repaired

I've been investigating my breakers and found one set of cabling is just downright messed up. This circuit goes to the bathroom. I wouldn't think the original owner would have added this circuit but I am just shocked that the original installer would have done it this way. Doesn't make sense but I need to fix it.

Here's the neutral_white wire with nicks in it, I think there's a third on the back side.
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Here's the ground wire, snipped, curled around an extension piece.
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Here, the black_hot wire has electrical tape along a good portion of it. I have no idea what it looks like underneath.
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Now my question is; what is an acceptable repair?
Does a junction box need to be installed just before the main panel where the wires can be joined with new there, then to the breaker.
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Can a butt splice repair be made in the panel?
Never seen a butt splice repair made in a panel before so I am gonna guess that's a nono.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
 
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Old 10-18-14, 09:23 AM
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Heat shrink could be slid over the conductors if there is no damage to the conductor itself. New wires could also be spliced to an undamaged section using wire nuts.
 
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Looking at your wiring there and that white wire too.... it looks like some high heat damage. Look closely.... does the insulation look melted on some of that wiring ?
 
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Old 10-18-14, 09:41 AM
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The ground wire should be properly spliced with a wire nut.
 

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Excellent idea. I'll unravel it and check for damage. Then heatshrink it.
I'll heatshrink the white too.

I'll wire nut the ground.

I thought the white looked like it had heat damage too but those are definitely slits on it. I don't know if maybe some dirt/wood particles got in there when the wires were pulled, but I'll take a closer look to see that it's not melted or burnt.

Geez I tell ya. It's a wonder that there aren't more house fires out there. Just can't believe this kind of stuff can pass two inspections. Just amazing.
And if I hadn't opened up a book on home repair, I wouldn't have been any wiser to noticing something is amiss...

Thanks for the help all.
 
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